Kate Middleton’s emotional heart-to-heart with Queen about becoming a parent and how mum Carole saved the day

The Princess of Wales had a special talk with the late monarch about becoming a mother


We all know that the Prince and Princess of Wales are some of the most talked about and photographed people in the world. The royal couple carry out hundreds of official engagements every year and act as patrons or global ambassadors to hundreds of charities all over the world.

They do all of this and hardly ever put a foot wrong. While that would sound like enough to fill up anyone’s schedule, they are also parents to three very important little royals. All of the couple’s children were born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Prince George arrived in 2013, Princess Charlotte was welcomed in 2015 and Prince Louis completed the trio in 2018.

But it would seem that The Princess of Wales struggled initially with being a mother and even confided in the late Queen. However, another member of her family stepped up to the plate and saved the day.


Around the time that Prince George was born, it was reported the couple were not going to hire a nanny or any additional help, as they were determined to be full time parents, as well as carry on with their royal duties. It soon transpired that throwing their hearts and souls into both jobs wasn’t an easy task and the couple hired a nanny.

Teresa Maria Turrion Borrallo began working for the Waleses in 2014, when Prince George was around eight-months old. According to Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent, Katie Nicholl, the Princess spoke to the late Queen about the struggles she faced in balancing her charity work with motherhood.

Nicholl explained in True Royalty’s documentary, Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again: “Kate was having a conversation with the Queen in which she confided that she had found being with George on her own, and not having a full-time nanny or a maternity nurse, very hard. William and Kate wanted to be hands-on parents, and they did it until September and then they recruited a nanny.”


Kelly Rose Bradford, a journalist and parenting writer also explained: “I think despite their good intentions the first time around, Kate and William did soon realise they couldn’t hold down their jobs and also care full time for their child.”

While the couple didn’t have the initial help of a nanny, one family member who is thought to have stepped up is Kate’s mum. Royal insiders credit Carole Middleton as being a great and important help for the family of five.

Nicholl continues to explain, “One of the things that allows William and Kate to be so ordinary is the presence of the Middletons in their lives…[Carole] turns up to help with bedtime and bath time. She is absolutely indispensable.”


Channel 5’s royal correspondent Simon Vigar added: “Mummy and Daddy Middleton are absolutely crucial to this story, going right back ten years and all through the courtship.

“Carole is very involved in the upbringing of George and looking after her eldest daughter Kate when she was ill with this extreme morning sickness. For many weeks, Kate was at home in Berkshire with mum and dad and Grandma Middleton was taking up the strain.”

Prince William has made no secret of his adoration for his in-laws and credits them for welcoming him into their family. It is thought the Middleton’s close family bond was refreshing for him after his rather detached and tragic childhood.

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